I suggest maybe best to see if you can go to rent these types of cats before you look to buy them.
You might also if you want try to find out if you also rent similar type racing
type mono hulls that they might suit your requirements better
Cruising cats can be bit dull for younger folk.
What's makes a cruising cat great for family
often is not so interesting to younger folk.
The mono hulls are also often easier to try out or rent from sailing schools which often have them.
Also many boat clubs look for crew for the days race
and these tend to be racing
mono hulls .
Modern racing type Mono hulls speeds are now so good they can now often keep up with the cruising type cats.
As a cat sailor I find it hard to push the cruising cat solution on younger folk who might find that they don't share the same point of view as some of us silver hair type like me
What makes a cat a first class solution to many cruising folk with lightweight crew like wife and family
or silver hair types of people which I am one so love the cats can sometimes not suit the younger folk
Also you web page with history
and your previous life logic " . "Assets versus Liabilty "makes the charter
rental solution look
to be a much cheaper solution compared to boat owning .
Just hop on planes and go some other nice region when hurricane
season or winter arrives and rent a boat again .
Ok you might have to down size in rental to something like a 30 foot mono hull but many of these have good hot shower room solutions .
Warmer regions like the mid latitudes the wind
are on average not strong such as force three tends to be the best norm .
This means those types of lighter wind
the cruising multi hulls tends to suck in how slow they go and how often the engine
has to used to get anywhere.
Smaller racier mono hulls will often perform better than cats in low wind type regions like the mediteranain in summer time. Even those racier mono hulls types will tend to often use motors due to no usefull wind like a good land sea breeze which tends to be the main wind source in mid lattidues regions .
We here in Ireland
enjoy to be the second most windy region of the planet making it a very good for sailing boats but it often rains so no sun tans
Glad you enjoyed your Celtic tiger times in Ireland
I was not there then even I was irish as was too busy with charter
sailing in the mediterain or should I say charter motor
sailing and getting a tan . Hard to sail there as so not much useful wind in summer
For hard core
sailors you can't beat owning your own boat .
They define boat ownership
as like being under the coldest shower you can have and tearing up $1000 notes .
Everything that breaks on a 36 foot cat will always cost at least $1000 and often multiples of that .
I was 50% owner in 33'foot cat and it hurt the pocket after two years so sold up after the money
ran out down in spain
I sailed every year on my cousins 37 foot cat from ireland to France
and every breakage always was at least Ä1000 often a lot lot more
Often twin engines means twice the costs .
Marina costs can often be eye watering double the mono hull costs and many modern similar length mono hulls have more room than the same length cat and nearly as wide as cruising as the same length cats but often the mono hull pays a lot less for marina berth.
Lots of factors at work
me i prefer to sail cruising cats now
In my younger days i found cruising cats a tad lacking as a good buzz factor compared to moderate type or even full on racing mono hulls.
Different folk different boats maybe you can try the coldest shower ever first as boats are where dung events